I'm sorry if y'all get this mail twice, it seems that there was a server having problems somewhere between here and the list. On Friday 03 October 2008 03:41:59 Tzafrir Cohen wrote: > > (Does Debian still default to crypt?) > Debian seems to default to md5, although figuring out where it's being done takes a bit of digging. The /etc/login.defs seems to convey that DES is being used, but /etc/pam.d/common-password overrides this and uses md5. You can check that md5 passwords are being used, if in your /etc/shadow file, the password hashes start with $1$ . You can recreate these hashes like this. In /etc/shadow, pick your user entry and notice the form: $1$<salt>$<pw-hash> use a space before typing this in and it won't be recorded in .bash_history if you have HISTCONTROL set to ignorespace or ignoreboth. You'll need to use the <salt> above in the next command. Here 'plaintext' is your password. <space bar> echo 'plaintext' | mkpasswd --salt=<salt> --method=md5 -s -- Thanks: Joseph Rawson
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